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Campus News
Your faculty and staff news since 1965
May 10, 2004
Volume 39, Number 15

In Brief

Family Day at Natural History Museum is free

Back by popular demand, Celebra la Ciencia, a nationwide project, brings an afternoon of fun, physics, natural wonders and experimentation to budding astronomers, physicists, naturalists and engineers in the Albuquerque community.  

On Saturday, May 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., join Celebra at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, 1801 Mountain Rd. NW. The museum will be open all day with no admission fee required.

“UNM has been a major contributor to the efforts of the Celebra la Ciencia coalition, a national model for other Celebra locations,” said Maddie Correa Zeigler, who serves as project coordinator.

For additional information, visit the program website at www.celebralaciencia.org and www.nmnaturalhistory.org

Art Universe features classes, new art for sale

Aart Universe's sale features student and local artists.More than 20 nationally recognized teachers will offer classes during “Art Universe” June 9-13 on the UNM campus. Valerie Roybal, UNM Research, will teach “The Blueprint Book” using the historic photographic printing process cyanotype. The class will make several prints and create an artist book. Other local teachers are Suzanne Sbarge and Kristin Diener. Sign up for one class or several. Art made by attendees and local artists will be on sale Friday, June 11, from 7 to 10 p.m. in the SUB Ballroom.

For information and registration, call 243-1937.

Parking fees to increase

Parking for the 2004-2005 academic year, will increase by 10 percent. The state legislature is responsible for half the increase. Lawmakers passed a new law during the last session that imposes a five percent tax on parking revenues generated on state property.

The remainder is a combination of the increase in fuel costs and need for additional shuttles due to higher enrollment.

Faculty and staff will see increases between $6 and $42, depending on permit type and salary bracket. The state tax will be applied to monthly payroll deductions in May. Faculty and staff purchasing parking through the monthly deductions will see the second part of the increase hit in August. Faculty and staff who pay yearly will see the entire increase in August when parking permits for UNM employees go on sale for the new academic year.

The department is entirely user supported and does not receive funding from tuition, fees or the state.

Golf tournament to raise money for top scholars

The 22nd annual Bank of America/Larry Ahrens Golf Tournament, benefiting the Presidential Scholarship Program (PSP) at UNM will be held Friday, June 11, at the UNM Championship Golf Course.

The entry fee of $125 per player includes green fees, cart, range balls, drinks, snacks, breakfast, lunch and a post-tournament awards dinner.

For more information, call 277-5688, or register online at www.pspgolf.org.

Continuing Ed launches online registration May 10

UNM Continuing Education will launch its new online registration May 10. Students will now have the convenience of registering from anywhere, anytime. Credit card payment will be protected by Verisign. This is the first phase of online registration and  use of Tuition Remission is not yet available. The launch of online registration coincides with a new Cont. Ed. listserv function. Staff will receive updated information about new courses, events and special offers. An announcement will be sent soon in an All Staff email.

“Religion as Art” explored

The UNM Arts of the Americas Institute, National Hispanic Cultural Center and Kimo Theatre will host an international conference, free and open to the public, to explore “Religion as Art” at the NHCC Wednesday, May 12, through Friday, May 14.

The three-day conference features 32 scholars on eight panels and a concert featuring the premiere of a symphonic piece composed by renowned composer Arturo Márquez and performed by the UNM Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jorge Pérez-Gómez.

For information or to reserve a space, call the Arts of the Americas Institute, 277-2286. A full conference description can be seen at www.unm.edu/~aaiinfo/mayconference.htm.

Work-Life survey complete

A recent Staff Council survey designed to gather information on work-life balance at UNM received more than 400 responses. The majority of respondents were female and most work between 40 and 50 hours per week.

When asked if familiar with the work-life concept,
77 percent of staff, students or faculty who responded were, however, most, 76.3 percent, did not know about UNM options available to help them achieve better work-life balance (see HR column this page for news on alternative work arrangements).

Top concerns for respondents are the need for flexible work arrangements and other alternative work schedules, increased pay, managerial support/training and improved parking. A copy of the survey results, including a synopsis of respondent comments, can be viewed at http://www.unm.edu/news/Releases/04-05-04survey.htm.

Tingley camp serves youth with physical disabilities

The Muthu Barry Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp, sponsored by Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation, will be held Monday, June 7, through Friday, June 11, at Valley High School. For information, call 238-2247 or visit www.aablprograms.com.